Chairís Report for September 28, 2004


Senate update

1.        Important links to agendas, minutes, Chair's Reports and other sites of interest are available
on the Senate web site: Senate Chairís Report will be available on this site usually by
noon on the day of the Senate meeting.

2.        Senators Ė please remember to initial the roster when you enter the room and pick up your name tags.

3.        During debates, Senators may speak only twice to any motion or amendment. Each speaking term is limited to 10 minutes. The Chair will add names of those wishing to speak to a speaker's list upon recognition.


Senate Actions signed off by the Chancellor

1.        New Prefix for Latin American Studies (LAS)

2.        Courses with LAS prefix that meet GE criteria in GE III-G or GE IV-E

3.        Medical Excuses Guidelines

4.        Exemption from Physical Activity Portion of Wellness Requirement for Military Training

5.        Handbook Changes: Academic Staff Composition, Recruitment, Letter of Appointment, and Review of Performance Ė APAS

6.        Riffi Resolution

7.        Name and Prefix Change for Communication Disorders (CDIS) to Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD)


Open Forum Items from Senate Executive Committee Meeting minutes

         Federal financial aid allocations for University of Wisconsin Ė Eau Claire

         Have heard UW-Eau Claire stands to lose substantial amount of Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (SEOG), Perkins Loans, and particularly Federal Work Study Program dollars

         Work study money used extensively on campus for student help in running foreign language labs, chemical stockroom, library, etc.

         Is that true? If that is the case, shouldnít campus community be informed?

         Andrew Soll, Vice Chancellor of Business and Student Services, indicated Congress considering reauthorization of these federal programs with debate to continue in January

         Currently UW-Eau Claire receives more than fair share because entered into these programs early and established minimum baseline amount when funds split between fewer institutions

         Formula used by Department of Education is based on relative need as determined by data from financial aid offices; need driven by cost of school and resources of studentís family

         Push is to go from minimum baseline to fair share distribution

         If change made, UW-Eau Claire would face serious reductions; current work study is $1,136,000, fair share would be $350,000; Perkins, revolving fund based partially on student payback of loans, would be reduced from $288,000 to $34,000; SEOG would be cut about in half, from $754,000 to $370,000

         Biggest impact on campus would come from decreased work study funds

         Reductions in other programs would be felt by individual students Ė would result in repackaging of studentís financial aid

         Difficult to fight for three times fair share

         Not a done deal yet Ė may be period to phase in new formula

         Would expect base minimum language to be removed when Higher Education Act reauthorized

         Conceivable change would occur in fiscal 2006, but probably in fiscal 2007

         Over time could mitigate impact Ė would have some ability to plan and phase out

         Could limit work study funding of auxiliary enterprises, such as housing

         Significant amount used for community-based off-campus activities could be phased out

         Perhaps should discuss issue with Budget Committee

         Will be in report of Executive Committee to full senate

         Will inform university community when funding reduction known


Faculty Reps Meeting Ė next meeting via teleconference October 1st

Board of Regents Meeting Ė next meeting in Superior October 7th & 8th


Change in Senator: from Betty Hanson to Sallie Kernan Ė Educational Access Programs






Senate Calendar 2004-2005 (corrected)


Executive Committee Meetings ††† ††† University Senate Meetings†††††††††††††




September7††††††† Presidentís†††††††††† September 14††††† Tamarack

†††††††††††††† ††† 21††††† Presidentís†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 28††††† Tamarack


October†††††† 5††††††† Presidentís†††††††††† October†††††† 12††††† Tamarack

†††††††††††††††††† 19††††† Presidentís†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 26††††† Tamarack


November††† 2††††††† Presidentís†††††††††† November††† 9††††††† Tamarack

†††††††††††††††††† 16††††† Presidentís†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 23††††† Tamarack


November††† 30††††† Tamarack (open discussion Ė General Education)


December†† 7††††††† Presidentís





February†††† 1††††††† Presidentís†††††††††† February†††† 8††††††† Tamarack

†††††††††††††††††† 15††††† Presidentís†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 22††††† Tamarack


March ††††††† 1††††††† Presidentís†††††††††† March†††††††† 8††††††† Oneida/Meno

†††††††††††††††††† 15††††† Presidentís


March†††††††† 29††††† Tamarack (open discussion - topic to be announced)


April††††††††††† 5††††††† Presidentís†††††††††† April††††††††††† 12††††† Council Fire

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 19††††† Wisconsin††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 26††††† Tamarack


††††††††† May†††††††††††† 3††††††† Presidentís†††††††††† May†††††††††††† 10††††† Tamarack